All piano sampling for the C-520 is done in stereo to preserve the natural imaging of the sound. Different dynamic levels are captured to extend the instrument’s expressivity.
C-520 uses the sound of the key being released and the hammer returning, as well as the sympathetic damper resonance of the strings.
Harpsichord and clavinets, organs, electric pianos and dozens of other sounds are also available. Forty sounds are arranged into four banks of ten for easy access on the C-520.
Two sounds can be used together for a layered performance and the C-520 also has a split function for playing sounds in separate areas of the keyboard. To further enhance the sound, you can add adjustable levels of reverb and chorus. In addition, the C-520 has a per-sound “Insert Effect,” including Rotary Speaker, Tremolo, Delay, Phaser, and Equalizer, which can greatly add to the character of each sound, even when layering and splitting. The Performance function allows you to easily save and recall up to 30 of these sound combinations, including levels, effects, split point, and more.
Responsive piano action
The C-520 features Korg’s newest ultra-responsive RH3 graded hammer action; weighted and balanced like a true grand piano, the keys are progressively lighter toward the upper end of the keyboard. In addition, the response of the keyboard can be adjusted to suit the player’s taste thanks to eight velocity curves, plus a “fixed” level setting for authentic harpsichord and organ performances. The C-520 has three pedals,including half-pedaling response for the damper and soft pedals , for an even more authentic performance.
The C-520 features a sliding cover to protect the keyboard when not in use. The cabinetry is characterized by curves and accents, adding a refined look. The dark rosewood finish is designed to blend with any décor. The front panel controls are understated and uncluttered, and LED indicators provide visual feedback of the current settings.
The C-520 is housed in an internal bass reflex chamber for additional “punch,” with a pair of tweeters for increased clarity, all powered by 35 Watt amplifiers.
The C-520 piano can be transposed into any musical key, and 10 temperaments are provided. The metronome is adjustable and provides a reliable aid for rhythmic practicing: you can select a traditional click or even a drum pattern to play with. MIDI In and Out ports are available for interfacing with a computer or other MIDI-equipped musical products. Audio outputs allow the pianos to be connected to a sound system or recording device , useful for schools and worship services. Two headphone outputs are provided for silent practice or teacher and student privacy.
A two-part recorder lets the musician accompany himself, or record a complete piano performance. Using the demo songs, the Piano Lesson feature allows you to isolate either hand, so that each part can be learned independently. The C-520 is also equipped with audio inputs ,so you can play along with CDs or add a MIDI sound module , and a USB computer interface both for MIDI connection and data exchange. To keep track of all these features, the C-520 features a 16-character backlit LCD display.
88 key, Graded Hammer Action (RH3)
Eight velocity curves, plus fixed
Wooden sliding key cover
Tone Generating System:
Piano eXperience stereo sampling
62 voices (maximum)
Normal, Layer, Split, Performance (30)
40 types; (7 Acoustic Pianos, Honky-Tonk, Electric Grand, 8 Electric Pianos, 2 Harpsichords, 2 Clavs, 2 Vibraphones, Acoustic Guitar, 3 Jazz Organs, 3 Church Organs, 3 Strings, 3 Choirs, 4 Basses.)
8 Reverb types ,6 Chorus types
24 Insert types including Tremolo, Delay, Rotary Speaker, Equalizer, etc.
Brilliance (5 settings)
2 parts, 45,000 notes per song
Controls: Record, Play/Pause, Stop, Part 1 On/Off, Part 2 On/Off.
Functions: Cycle, Erase Track, Quantize, Transpose, Delete Song,
205 songs; 20 demo songs
185 classical songs with separate R.H. and L.H. parts
Accent (Standard, Bell)
10 Temperaments + Quarter Tone
Damper (support half-pedaling)
Soft (support half-pedaling)
16 character backlit LCD
Headphones x 2
supports Ms Windows XP, Apple Mac OS X 10.2 or later
35W x 2
2 x 13 cm woofer in bass-reflex boxes
2 x tweeter
DC24V AC adapter
With score holder
Dimensions (W x D x H):
53.90" x 18.19" x 34.21"
1,369 x 462 x 869 mm
116.84 lbs. / 53 kg
CD-ROM with KORG USB-MIDI Driver for Windows XP
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advanced technologic sound magazine
2006 May issue 149